June 30, 2016

Felix Brych to referee EURO2016 Quarterfinal Poland vs Portugal

German Felix Brych has been chosen by UEFA's Refereeing Officers to officiate the EURO 2016 Quarterfinal between Poland and Portugal. Observed by Pierluigi Collina, the 40-year old Elite referee residing in Munich will officiate his third match at the tournament. He will be accompanied by a Serbian refereeing duo.

+ The German was presented as authoritative, but always in control in our pre-tournament portrait +

+ Brych has already refereed England vs Wales and Belgium vs Sweden in the group stage. +

+ Both performances were assessed as very good by this blog's observers (average marks above 8.4). +

+ Pierluigi Collina emphasized that "it had felt like he had lost three years of his life" when Brych allowed England's 1:1 goal vs Wales - a "great decision", as Collina later stated. +

+ For Brych, it could be the last game at the tournament, if Germany qualify for the semifinals vs Italy. +

30/06/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 45
Marseille (Stade Vélodrome)

Referee: Felix BRYCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 1:  Mark BORSCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan LUPP (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian DANKERT (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco FRITZ (GER)
4th Official: Milorad MAŽIĆ (SRB)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Milovan RISTIĆ (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Roland OSPELT (LIE)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: NICLAS (GER)


  1. It's been said that Velasco, Çakir and Atkinson are the ones who have been sent home.

    By the way, have you ever thought about creating a proper forum for this site? It would be easier to debate there, I think!

    1. It is neither intended nor possible with blogspot.

    2. I know it is not possible here, I was asking elsewhere. Thanks

    3. https://twitter.com/isaacfouto who is a spanish reporter with good sources (he reported promotions and demotions in Spain one week before they were published).

    4. Thank you! This reporter said that Velasco's dismission is unfair...

  2. So first appointment no surprise. Brych was expected in this game. Also, Mazic as fourth official for the first time in this tournament was predictable.

  3. The observer is odd - could it be that the (provisional) plan is to give the final to either of Rizzoli or Brych, depending on who goes through?
    It might be the first time (as far as I remember) that the final designation is so open. I could legitimately see 5-6 referees that have a shot (Clatts, Brych/Rizzoli, Kuipers, Mazic, Skomina, Kassai).

    1. Well just looking at our marks Brych showed the best performances of the group phase. So yes...of course he is a candidate for the final. Collina therefore does not surprise me much. I am pretty sure that it will be one of Brych/Clatts/Skomina.

    2. I am not denying that Brych, performance-wise, could and maybe should get the final. However, with Italy-Germany coming up, there's a legitimate chance that the final will contain either Germany or Italy (which eliminated Germany). This is why I was asking yesterday whether UEFA rules would allow a referee to referee the team which eliminated his national team. I would not see any problem with it, but federations tend to be careful with those things. So I am surprised to see Collina, as there is a chance that observation will be 'wasted' if Germany advances.

    3. I agree, even though Proenca also got the final despite Spain ruled out Portugal in the semis (ok, another situation, nobody else could have handled that game back then).

      To be honest, as a German I am pretty sure that we won't survive the quarterfinals against this Italian team. So if that's the case, free way for Brych. If we advance, well, then Rizzoli has good chances. I guess Collina will be present at every quarterfinal in every stadium, so being the formal observer maybe means less than in CL games.

    4. Niclas ,i think that Germany is very very strong, sure the best team ; Italy is a good team

  4. fully agree with emil. this time pool for final match is wide and choise really Open. I would replace Mazic with Cakir. Or better: 4 James in the list Kuipers, Clattemburg, Skomina and one between Brychand rizzoli. With 3 outsiders: kassai (deserved but already done open match), Velasco and Cakir (really undeserved for low performance but highly considered and liked by Plc).

  5. Sure info: Marciniak with Sokolnicki stay only as reserve duo. No more games for them.

    1. In my view, this is sensible. He did well in his games and confirmed his potential. He is, IMO, THE (!!!) referee of the future. He has so many years in front of him, so that a Round of 16 match on 8.3-8.4 level is an ideal start for a big career on international-tournament-level. So: a QF or SF as 4th would complete his good tournament.

    2. Agree with Niclas. I think he could get Wales - Belgium or France - Iceland as fourth official. Let's see.

    3. Excellent news, Ray.

  6. For me Rizzoli is one of the favourite for the final...

  7. BTW about the possible appointment of Eriksson for Germany - Italy. Here in Italy, many people think that this game will be similar to Bayern - Juventus in CL, at least there will be some common points. So for this reason some people agree that it would be too risky to appoint "again" Eriksson. They see Kassai as better option.
    What do you think and would you appoint Eriksson for Saturday's game without problems?

  8. Maybe UEFA will surprise us with Kassai for Germany-Italy, Eriksson in favour of France-Iceland and Kuipers in charge of Belgium-Wales..

    1. Kuipers and Belgium can be a tricky shot. Ik think we will see Kassai in Wales-Belgium, Eriksson in Germany-Italy and Kuipers in France-Iceland

    2. Alternatively one could also appoint Kuipers directly for a semifinal and appointment Clattenburg for the GER-ITA clash. Well, I just try to find the unexpected in the coming appointments - Kassai WAL-BEL, Kuipers FRA-ISL, Eriksson GER-ITA is simply too easy to guess, but of course 99% probable.

    3. I actually think that Kuipers for Germany-Italy could be an option. If it's possible to appoint a referee for the semifinal and after that for the final, it should also be possible to give a referee a match with a team he previously had in the tournament. Especially because that match is some weeks ago already, and no one talked about Kuipers in that match. I think he would be a more suitable option for that match than Kassai.

      But I think that a semi final for Kuipers could also be an option. Even though he made a mistake with the penalty, he did a really good job in both matches. I can't really find a spot for Mazic, even though he did a good job in his 1/8 final. A 3rd place final might be suitable, but (un)fortunately, we don't have such thing in EURO.

      For now, I would say:

      Wales - Belgium. Rizzoli. (FO: Marciniak)
      Germany - Italy: Kassai. (FO: Skomina)
      France - Iceland. Eriksson. (FO: Clattenburg)

      Poland / Portugal - Belgium / Wales: Skomina.(FO: Mazic)
      Germany / Italy - France / Iceland: Kuipers.(FO: Marciniak)

      Final: Clattenburg / Brych / Rizzoli.

      Kuipers for Belgium seems not really possible, so I think Rizzoli for Belgium-Wales should be a good option. Besides, it makes sure Rizzoli has another match, even if Italy reaches the final. I think Skomina clearly deserves a semi-final, after a good season and a good tournament.

  9. I think that we'll see Skomina and Clatts in one more match sure. The other ref will be Rizzoli or Brych , and IMO one of them will handle the final. So ,my predictions for the last three games are:
    Belgium/Wales-Poland/Portugal SKOMINA
    France/Iceland-Germany/Italy CLATTENBURG
    Final: Brych or Rizzoli

    1. I agree that this is the most probable prediction. But let's wait for the quarterfinals.

    2. Indeed! We will see. Interesting times!!

  10. Very good appointment for this very interesting match. There will be lots of running, fouls and simulatjon. Brych and Mazic as f.o. were together last year in EL final. Good luck for them

  11. I just have readen that Velasco, Atkinson and Çakir have been sent home by UEFA.

    1. Yes, according to some newspapers Cakir have been sent home. His flight back to Istanbul is already in the today's afternoon!

  12. Since a comment was deleted automatically by blogspot (203 comments limit in the other post), I paste it here:

    Aldawg Wiels has left a new comment on your post:

    This is a game of context, not of individual moments. Cakir knew exactly what he was doing. He is not going to give 2nd Cautions to Italian players already on a Caution unless it's blatantly clear. He is not going to kick out a coach for one incident. The warning was perfect. He is not going to give a 2nd Caution to a player after he guesses wrong on the 1st. He is not going to send off a player if he doesn't clearly see the strike to the face. He is not going to send off a player in a 2-0 match with 15 seconds to go when the step on is weak at very best.

    I have seen far too many "out of context" videos and screenshots in this blog series. Many are valid. But in this case they are not.

    Cakir shows an understanding of the tournament, he shows an understanding of the teams (two heavy-weights), he shows an understanding of the games players play, and he shows an understanding of what is and what is not accepted by the players.

    If many of you have your way, three or four Italian players will miss the QF, two players will be Sent Off, and a coach will have been ejected. What sense is there in that???? Context, context, context. Often more important than the individual moments.

    The elite referees are masters of context. Referees that are not will rarely get to their level (most will be weeded out well before they get to even a National stage).

    UNDERSTAND the game....

    1. And let me immediately answer on that: I agree with you in many parts - if UEFA sends one of their top3 officials home after the R16, this must have reasons though.

    2. Niclas. You are correct. Cakir was a referee who sent off one player for two Cautions during the same "play". He never hesitated. He was lauded.

      On further review, two of the situations required a sending off. You cannot smack opponents in the face (you are expected to be in control of your body/arms) and you cannot step/stomp on opponents even with 20 seconds to go in the match.

      I believe Cakir missed the first incident -- he was not looking at it directly. I have no idea about where he was looking the 2nd one.

      The Caution for the non-slap -- wrong angle perhaps. I'm OK with him issuing a warning to same player less than a minute later.

      In all three cases, can Cakir slow down a hair and get input from his team? I think he can.

  13. Can we see the video with performance of Heber Lopes I read comments about the clip that is posted by DutchRef but I can`t find the video on the blog. Thank you.

    1. Refereeing in Argentina-Chile, Video


    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    3. Mind your choice of words please. I understand your anger, but no insults.

    4. Biggest problem is person who appointed him on that match...
      if we just imagine that he didn't have bad decisions, (that is very hard, I know) his self presentation, gestures, behavior on the pitch... awful, awful.
      I'm sorry but it was like he is a clown.

    5. Do you think that after a match refereed like that he might be stopped by CONMEBOL as happened to Cunha?

    6. First, you should know that South Americans players are different from European players, they all will claim, in Europe we have something like Spanish players who also love to complain of everything and the referee gave.
      Second, we have a demonstration that you do not know Heber Lopes, do a search on google images, and you oped that will find numerous pictures of them doing flashy gestures, according to look at your history and see that he considers faults like this red. So he just followed everything he does since 2002 when he became a FIFA referee. Thus he has no guilt, but the CONMEBOL yes, for no doubt they know it more than 10 years.

      But the thing that I emphasize is: games between South Americans teams, and hundreds of times more difficult than European teams. Whatever the referee they will complain about basically anything, and even so the referee will be in control, this is the South American soccer, and how things work here. "No that's not true, you're making this up," so ask Massimo Busacca, if he remembers 2009, or perhaps Felix Brych in 2012, just two of many examples I can give of European referees in games like this, it basically becomes the same as with Heber Lopes. in relation to the players behavior.
      Some may give lucky to have easier games, but no doubt a final will not be an easy game.
      In short, are only shocked those who do not care about the South American football and only watch the final of the Copa America.

    7. I don't remember that Brych lost control and showed an unacceptable performance in 2012? Even if you mean WC2014, this would be irritating.

      Of course South American matches are more difficult than UEFA matches. But to be honest, I am not surprised that they are hundred times more difficult, as you said, if you just look at the body language, arrogance and general behavior shown by Lopes already at the coin toss. You get what you deserve as a referee. I do not say that UEFA's top 5 would have controlled this match. But they would not have behaved like Lopes which is a SHAME for every referee.

    8. Sorry, I should not have mentioned that Brych should serious problems in a match U23, I forgot that this is forbidden in this blog. Best talk of Velasco in 2014, then yes I will be well received here.

      About Lopes: has over 100 international matches, where he behaved the same way in almost all of them, so I think that CONMEBOL does not share your opinion.

      I make it clear that I am not defending him, he have a very bad match, I only highlight the comments of some people, only betrays a profound lack of knowledge of South American football, but could not expect anything else.

    9. After having seen the video, I am glad that I have not been watching this competition. These "players" do not deserve decent refereeing. From the start on, most players in both teams worked hard to injure the opposition player, fool the referee, or both. They were the biggest problem here, neither the referee, nor whoever appointed them. With a self-respecting referee, neither team could finish the game with 10 players, 7 or 8 would be more likely numbers.


    10. @Joaquin
      If so, the problem is the CONMEBOL refereeing committee. If he considers that to be a red, then he has a problem and so does CONMEBOL, who appointed him knowingly. As for the gestures, well, everybody has his style but his is unnecessarily inflammatory. If that is the best CONMEBOL has to offer, WC2018 will be interesting.

    11. 2018 prospect list of Conmebol is a way different in style than Lopes... Lopes is a special case, always was number 3-4 in Brazil, but Conmebol gave him the chance since some good performances (in the WC Quali for example). But the people who saw the tournament and saw Caceres, Bascuñan, Fedorczuk, Sampaio, for example -or even Roldan- should know they are completely different (maybe Argote is a bit dangerous in terms of style, but he has no real chance)

    12. In North America, Canada specifically, we have the privilege of refereeing teams from all parts of the world.

      South American teams must be handled differently than European teams. Faked injuries require heavy doses of "empathy"; undue complaints and encroachment require Cautions; heavy tackles require a little more leeway; having a friendly overall demeanor with "flashes" of anger is a perfect balance; but the referee MUST remain calm and out of the picture.

      Lopes did all of this, except he added a completely unneeded dose of "showmanship". He wanted to be the person to watch. He wanted the attention. He wanted the show. This is NOT the way to referee South Americans. For South Americans, the game is ALL about the players. In many cases, they are gods. The referee can believe he is god, but he must never show anyone that he believes this.

  14. Maybe Clatenburg will be in charge of Germany-Italy and Eriksson, Kuipers or Kassai directly for a semifinal?

  15. For me:
    WAL - BEL : Kassai
    GER - ITA : Eriksson
    FRA - ICE : Kuipers

    SF 1.1
    GER - FRA : Skomina

    SF 1.2
    ITA - FRA : Skomina

    if SF 1.1 --> SF 2 : Clattenburg ; FINAL : Rizzoli
    if SF 1.2 --> SF 2 : Rizzoli ; FINAL : Clattenburg

    1. Is Skomina ready for a semifinal?

  16. Administrators, where could I put the complete UCL first qualifying round matches? I typed them up on words so they could be copy-pasteble for you. Here is it OK?

    1. Yes, you can do that. Thanks in advance.

    2. 30/06/2016
      UCL, First Qualifying Round

      Dila vs Shirak
      Referee: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
      Assistant referees: Igor Al'okhin (UKR), Andrii Skrypka (UKR)
      Fourth official: Mykola Balakin (UKR)

      Aktobe vs MTK
      Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
      Assistant referees: Marco Zürcher (SUI), Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
      Fourth official: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)

      Ventspils vs Vikingur
      Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
      Assistant referees: Valeri Danchenko (RUS), Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
      Fourth official: Aleksandr Egorov (RUS)

      UE vs Lokomotiv Zagreb
      Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
      Assistant referees: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU), Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
      Fourth official: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)

      Admira vs Spartak Myjaka
      Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
      Assistant referees: Ivica Modrić (CRO), Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
      Fourth official: Igor Pajac (CRO)

      Bokelji vs Vojvodina
      Referee: Alejandro Hernandez (ESP)
      Assistant referees: Teodoro Sobrino (ESP), José Naranjo (ESP)
      Fourth official: Santiago Jaime (ESP)

      Videoton vs Zaria
      Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
      Assistant referees: Ermal Barushi (ALB), Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
      Fourth official: Klajdi Kola (ALB)

      Dinamo vs Minsk Spartaks Jurmala
      Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
      Assistant referees: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM), Erik Arevshatyan (ARM)
      Fourth official: Suren Baliyan (ARM)

      Levadia vs HB
      Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)
      Assistant referees: Branislav Hancko (SVK), Gabriel Adam (SVK)
      Fourth official: Gabriel Michlian (SVK)

      Balzan vs Neftci
      Referee: Jovan Kaludjerović (MNE)
      Assistant referees: Danijel Dević (MNE), Vladan Todorović (MNE)
      Fourth official: Mileta Šćepanović (MNE)

      Atlantas vs HJK
      Referee: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
      Assistant referees: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE), Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
      Fourth official: Georgios Kyzas (GRE)

      Sloboda vs Beitar
      Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
      Assistant referees: Stefan Hallberg (SWE), Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
      Fourth official: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)

      Banants vs Omonia
      Referee: Mario Zebec (CRO)
      Assistant referees: Goran Perica (CRO), Jerko Crnčić (CRO)
      Fourth official: Bruno Marić (CRO)

      Trakaj Kaliju
      Referee: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK): Assistant referees
      Michal Tomčík (SVK), Peter Bednar (SVK)
      Fourth official: Pavol Šuniar (SVK)

      AIK vs Bala
      Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
      Assistant referees: Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS), Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
      Fourth official: Igor Fedotov (RUS)

      Slavia Sofia vs Zaglebie
      Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
      Assistant referees: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE), Rza Mammadov (AZE)
      Fourth official: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)

      Europa vs Pyunik
      Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
      Assistant referees: Andreas Staudinger (AUT), Roland Braunschmidt (AUT)
      Fourth official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)

      Goteborg vs Llandudno Town
      Referee: Martin Lundby (NOR)
      Assistant referee: Reidar Gundersen (NOR), Geir Isaksen (NOR)
      Fourth official: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

      Differdange vs Cliftonville
      Referee: Ignasi Villamayor Rozados (AND)
      Assistant referees: Hugo Jourdan Pereira (AND), Manuel Fernandes (POR)
      Fourth official: Luis Teixeira (POR)

    3. AEK Larnaca vs Folgore
      Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
      Assistant referees: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA), Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
      Fourth official: Andris Treimanis (LVA)

      Qabala vs Samtredia
      Referee: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
      Assistant referees: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR), Yury Khomchenko (BLR)
      Fourth official: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

      Kukes vs Rudar Pljevlja
      Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
      Assistant referees: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR): Idan Berenshtein (ISR)
      Fourth official: Oren Simanian (ISR)

      Siroki Brijeg vs Birkirkara
      Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
      Assistant referee: Raffael Zeder (SUI): Jan Köbeli (SUI)
      Fourth official: Sébastien Pache (SUI)

      Midtylland vs Suduva
      Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
      Assistant referees: Uroš Stojković (SRB), Dejan Potoćan (SRB)
      Fourth official: Dejan Santrac (SRB)

      Zimbru vs Chikhura
      Referee: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
      Assistant referees: Sami Nykänen (FIN), Mika Lamppu (FIN)
      Fourth official : Ville Nevalainen (FIN)

      Vaduz vs Sileks
      Referee: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
      Assistant referees: Frosti Vidar Gunnarsson (ISL), Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
      Fourth official: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)

      Odd vs Mariehamn
      Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
      Assistant referees: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Peter Magnusson (SWE)
      Fourth official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

      M. Tel-Aviv vs Gorica
      Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
      Assistant referees: Laurent Conotte (BEL), Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
      Fourth official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)

      Beroe vs Radnik
      Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
      Assistant referees: David Chigogidze (GEO), Besik Chichinadze (GEO)
      Fourth official: Davit Kharitonashvili (GEO)

      Teuta vs Kairat
      Referee: Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)
      Assistant referees: Aristides Christou (CYP), Andreas Andreou (CYP)
      Fourth official: Avraam Tsoukas (CYP)

      Domzale vs Lusitans
      Referee: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
      Assistant referees: Yashar Abbasov (AZE), Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
      Fourth official: Omar Pashayev (AZE)

      NSI vs Shakhtyor
      Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
      Assistant referees: Richard Storey (NIR), David Anderson (NIR)
      Fourth official: Evan Boyce (NIR)

      Connah’s Quay vs Stabaek
      Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR)
      Assistant referees: Francesco Lunardon (SMR), Salvatore Tuttifrutti (ITA)
      Fourth official: Leonardo Guidi (SMR)

      Spartak Trnava vs Hibernians
      Referee: Edin Jakupović (BIH)
      Assistant referees: Haris Baković (BIH), Goran Dujak (BIH)
      Fourth official: Antoni Bandić (BIH)

      La Fiorita vs Debrecen
      Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
      Assistant referees: Silver Koiv (EST), Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
      Fourth official: Eiko Saar (EST)

      Kukaricki vs Ordabasy
      Referee: Fabio Verssimo (POR)
      Assistant referees: Nuno Pereira (POR), Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
      Fourth official: Bruno Esteves (POR)

      Linfield vs Cork
      Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
      Assistant referees: Rien Vanyzere (BEL), Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
      Fourth official: Wim Smet (BEL)

      Aberdeen vs Fola
      Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
      Assistant referees: Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Dennis W. Rasmussen (DEN)
      Fourth official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)

      Hearts – Infonet
      Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
      Assistant referees: Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL), Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
      Fourth official: Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)

      Shkendija vs Cracovia
      Referee: Sandor Szabo (HUN)
      Assistant referees: Zsolt Varga (HUN), Balázs Buzás (HUN)
      Fourth official: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

      Shamrock Rovers vs RoPS
      Referee: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
      Assistant referees: Christos Akrivos (GRE), Ioannis Karagkizopoulos (GRE)
      Fourth official: Christos Mitsios (GRE)

      KR vs Glenavon
      Referee: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
      Assistant referees: Karel De Rocker (BEL), Nicolas Ponsar (BEL)
      Fourth official: Luc Wouters (BEL)

      Breidablik vs Jelgava
      Referee: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
      Assistant referees: Jakob Bille (DEN), Daniel R. Nørgaard (DEN)
      Fourth official: Peter Munch Larsen (DEN)

      Valur vs Brondby
      Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
      Assistant referees: Çem Satman (TUR), Fevzi Demirhan (TUR)
      Fourth official: Özgüç Türkalp (TUR)

    4. Hope you appreciate my job and as you better know it takes lots of time and many patience. I, of course, did it with pleasure :)

    5. Thank you for your hard work!

    6. Do not worry. I did it with pleasure and if you are busy in doing other I'd feel free to write also the appointments for the next rounds :)

  17. Following Irish team has just opened the new Uefa Champion League season.

    Referee: Rob Harvey (IRL)

    Assistant referees

    Mark Gavin (IRL)

    Emmet Dynan (IRL)

    Fourth official Tomas Connolly (IRL)

  18. Gents if Kuipers GK/penalty issue is not considered as a crucial mistake and if PLC states besides that error the rest of the match was almost perfect..... u might be missing something with regards to Kuipers..... and (semi) final.

    Although I don't think Skomina will get the final.... I would surely trust him doing it well!

    1. Eriksson could be an option too if he performs well in 1/4. Too many candidates. :)

  19. Collina observed at Brych :


  20. At the moment of the shot by Lewandowski, another player from Poland was on the trajectory of the ball. I don't know whether he was in offside, but of course that would be too difficult for the assistant referee. To be rewatched carefully, it is also possible that the teammate was onside.

    1. Sorry, I was wrong, there was another defender (#21 POR) keeping ONSIDE him :) My fault.

  21. Replies
    1. And one minute after on the other side (31'): was that more foul than the penalty appeal? Well, to be honest, I think that a penalty could have been issued. Defender from Poland was not interested in the ball, his only goal was to stop Ronaldo, he succeded.
      Surely, to whistle in the box is more difficult than to do that outside...

    2. I'm not 100% sure, but they were not fighting for position. Ronaldo already won it and was in the air, think that is penalty.

    3. I agree on that. I think the foul against Ronaldo was almost more clear than the foul on the other side. Off course, the call on the other side was a very safe call, at a moment that everybody expected a foul there. But for now, I think indeed that a penalty could have been given. Not really shoulder to shoulder, not in a duel for the ball...

    4. Yes it is only the defender causing the contact. For me, penalty.

  22. 30' I can get that Brych might have been looking elsewhere as it was off the ball, but really, that should have been a pen in my opinion.

  23. Crucial mistakr from Brych, penalty missed !

    1. It was off the ball and on Brych's blind side. I don't think it's his fault. Maybe a mistake of AAR1?

    2. I agree, Dankert mistake

  24. Gosh, what a penalty missed! Call it glaring!

  25. Correct YC to Jędrzejczyk.

  26. I'm still torn regarding the penalty appeal as I'm Pole but I think the foul whistled afterwards was a joke. Krychowiak should have been booked for a reckless studs-up foul (mobbing of Portugal's players was allowed in that situation, bad), the yellow card to Jędrzejczyk... what for?

    1. The foot up was hardly a foul... (in England, but maybe a continental yellow). Clear YC for SPA given, but I think Brych should have had at least a word with Nani for how easily he fell.

    2. YC was given for a tactical foul, stopping the opponent.

    3. In my opinion, Jędrzejczyk was off the balance and stopped his opponent undeliberately. Very soft YC in my opinion taking into account the referees' line regarding SPA-like fouls at this tournament.

    4. IMO Krychowiak's foul was very reckless and a mandatory yellow card should have been shown for that. After rewatching the penalty incident, I'm sorry to say this, but it's a penalty.

  27. For me a crystal-clear PK missed in min 30 and 5 min. later YC missed for foul by Krychowiak.

    1. Two significant mistakes, with the penalty being quite blatant. It's shaping up to be not a good a night for Brych. Alarm bells going off in Collina's head, I believe.

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  29. I agree, missed yc for Krychowiak.

  30. Can anyone upload the video of the (possible) missing penalty? Thanks

    1. There's actually no room for doubt. I spotted it live without hesitating. To me, one of the most glaring penalties of the tournament.

    2. Follow the link for a clip to the penalty-situation


    3. Thank you, rewatched the incident, for me YC is mandatory.

    4. Brych probably saw Ronaldo launch himself forward (as he usually does), so that probably instilled some doubt. Yet, crucial mistake.

  31. Just saw the a replay of the penalty incident.

    Sorry, but that was a stonewall penalty!

  32. Obvious penalty kick missed by Brych's team.

  33. 3 points on half 1:

    Good control, good acceptance, sent good signals at the beginning.

    Clear missed penalty in 30'. Most likely he was turning around and only saw the last 1/3 of the duel in his visual corridor. Cannot blame Dankert, the duel was obstructed for him.

    Mandatory YC missed in 35', not the best positioning.

    1. Good first half for the German lawyer. I totally agree with you Niclas. The penalty was clear. Do you think that this could be considered as crucial mistake by UEFA? I do not.

  34. Brych has full match control and is fully accepted by the players, unfortunately the incident in the first halt should have been a penalty. Correct YC to Jędrzejczyk, missed YC for a reckless tackle in 35'.

  35. 57' yet another YC missed.

    1. no I don't think that this was a mandatory yellow card at all..

  36. What a great management! Perfect yellow card for Adrien Silva

  37. Krychowiak vs Pepe now? The ball was already played...

    1. I actually think this was close. The ball wasn't in the area but still a very stupid action by the Polish player. Not a mandatory penalty but very close.

    2. Thanks @pele23. I agree with you.

    3. Yeah, it could have been penalty, indeed.

  38. I am right? No caution for this elbow?

  39. Surely missed caution for the reckless elbow of POL#7? Good caution for POL#21 from the advantage though

  40. Great YC to Kapustka after playing the advantage but where is a YC to Milik for his elbow foul?!

    1. He booked someone after that high elbow, just not sure if it was the right player du to a strange cut from one player to another.

    2. He booked Kapustka but it was for a foul after which the advantage was played.

    3. Another card missed. I really find it funny those people talking about a good card management. That is too much. Actually, Brych's card management is going from awful to bad. But never good, folks. Try to be objective!

    4. YC for Milik was mandatory. I can agree it wasn't deliberate so no RC, but YC absolutely the minimum. For me, a significant mistake.

    5. Reckless elbow, not more, not less. -0.1..

  41. Correct YC to Kapustka for foul on Nani but Milik (foul on J. Moutinho) should have been booked as well (maybe RC?).

    1. I think RC would have been a bit much...but he should have been booked for sure

  42. It's not the best day for Brych, but he is a super ref.

    1. Yes. But anyway I fear we have to say “Auf Wiedersehen“ tonight...

    2. If we don't say "Auf Wiedersehen" to Brych for this performance, well that would set a dangerous precedent.

    3. Sure because Germany will win the next 3 games :-D

      By the way - I See Brych better than most of you here! Not perfect but almost good!

    4. Really... do you really mean "almost good"? That was a nice joke :)

    5. Patrick, I agree with you regarding his general refereeing and the 'big picture'. But tonight there are too many mistakes: 1 missed penalty, 2-3 missing YC... and then it's difficult to evaluate it as 'good', even if he has the full acceptance and control... (what is not always the case with such clear mistakes but it underlines his good approach in general)

    6. I'm Talking about the big picture and this is mendatory in refereeing... Think at WC 2014, Rizzoli and his first game... And good is in marks below expected level because this would ne very good ;)

    7. The big picture, however, is: The referee in Poland-Portugal missed a clear penalty. That will be remembered by the football community.

    8. No... I can not agree! Think about Rizzoli in brasil;)

    9. Well the big picture I got from the WC in Brazil is that Busacca and his team were not competent enough to analyze performances and consider performances in their appointments.

    10. You dont understand or you will not understand what i want to say...
      Let us sleep a night and try it again ;)

    11. But you know that each communication has a sender and a recipient right?

      Of course I know what you mean. I just don 't agree that the big image was 100% good today. That's all.

  43. I'm curious how the UEFA observer will judge this performance...

  44. 90' played, it's not the best day for Brych so far. Still full match control and acceptance, but he has problems in disciplinary control (missed YCs in 35'/57'/89'). Important areas for improvement are holding/pulling and illegal use of the elbow, nice to see that he booked two players after played advantage.
    I'm not sure whether we can blame Brych and/or Dankert for the missed penalty in the first half - rather not. 8.2 so far IMO.

    1. In my opinion, this is a clear case of 7.8 (8.2) so far.

      I think Brych does not have his best evening at all, that's evident and critically analyzing his own performance he cannot really disagree with that. Additionally I seriously think that some of the users here do not have their best evening either in terms of fairness for a referee team regarding choice of words.

      Apart from the penalty, which is a crucial mistake for me, he missed 2 clear yellows. The one in 57' is optional for me. The stud contact was looking worse than it really was in live speed, at least at first glance. Rewatching might proof me wrong and if the contact was more intense than I thought, then we have 3 mandatory missed yellows. Stud-tackles stay a problem at the whole tournament.

      Perfect application of the advantage rule with yellow cards afterwards. Very good assistants.

      Apart from that, good control, as usual not the best positioning, players are fully accepting him and his decisions.

      So: Quarterfinal EURO, extra time, some challenging incidents - quite challenging, starting at 8.4/8.5 - 0.2/0.3 and then the crucial mistake makes it 7.8(8.2) for me. But there are still 20 minutes to go.

    2. Fully agree on all points with you, Niclas.

    3. Me too :) 7.8 (8.2) is fair so far.

    4. It's completly off Niclas, but when are you attending EC or WC? God, you are so professional and usually right, unbeliveable... you have "full contorl" on this forum as well, everyone just agrees with you as we were on the pitch :D

    5. I agree but this mark is for me nicht reason for auf Wiedersehen! It depends in the results of the other matches and the other performances. For me it was clear before the game that clatts or Rizzoli are in final under normal circumstances and only if Germany goes out AND Brych has a perfect Match could chance anything! It was sure bot perfect;)

    6. Well apart from 30', 36', (57') and 89' - three/four individual situations - the performance was good. Very high level of control and acceptance. Hardly any protest. Unfortunately, the 3-4 situations mentioned tarnish the overall performance.

    7. I agree with your analysis, Niclas. I share your mark, 7.8 (8.2).
      A pity because, as said, the overall picture was still positive in my opinion. But these mistakes... surely this can make the difference for the next appointments. We will see.
      However, let me say, Portugal in semifinal, they never won a game on regular times. This is football but very hard to accept, just take a look at the other side of the bracket.

    8. Luckily Portugal won, so very likely nobody will talk about the referee. However, I think that was Brych's last match, maybe we'll see him again as fourth official.
      To be honest it's quite easy to say who deserves the EURO final most: Mark Clattenburg - I expect him to handle the final.

    9. The Portuguese coach mentioned tonight's penalty at the press conference, along with the one missed by Velasco in round of 16.

    10. Good! I am glad that the Portuguese coach isn't letting that incident get swept under the rug.

    11. Does that change anything?

      You, Nando, seem to draw a certain satisfaction from mistakes made by referees. You must have been hugely disappointed by someone in your referee career. Or you have never been a football referee. At any rate your comments show a sociopathic tendency.

    12. That' my opinion to, niclas

  45. Totally agree with that. I would even go as far as to say that he missed the clear penalty and only 1 other very clear yellow card (elbow). All the others were in sync with his overall very "british" line. But of course the penalty tarnished the otherwise good performance.

  46. Apart from the missed penalty and again some slightly questionable positioning, I feel Brych had a good game. The cautions not given, for me, are good decisions from Brych, looking at them from an English point of view, but I understand high boots with studs are looked at more seriously on the continent.
    On the penalty, I still doubt whether Brych is at fault or AAR1, which I would have to look at again, as it was an off the ball incident.

  47. FRA-ISL.. erikson
    POL-BEL/GAL.. Kuiper
    GER/ITA-FRA/ICL.. Clattenburg

    1. Kuipers can't handle Belgium. So i say :
      FRA-ISL Kuipers
      POL-BEL/GAL Eriksson
      GER/ITA-FRA/ISL Clattenburg (with Germany) Mazic (with Italy)
      Final.. if Italy in semi and/or in final Clatts ,otherwise Rizzoli

  48. Portuguese coach talks about the 2 penaltys not given by the referees in the 2 KO matches

  49. The penalty is too too evident. Brych's performance is stained by the penalty but also by other considerable mistakes (missed at leats 3 yellow cards!). But even if it were only for the penalty, it is more than enough to send Brych home. I just watched the penalty incident again and, frankly speaking guys, it is schockingly blatant. Only acceptable in Rugby or NFL.


    FRA vs ICE - Kuipers

    Eriksson will be given one of the semis (that's pretty sure). If Italy lose on Saturday, Rizzoli is certain at Stade de France on 10 July. Then there's a complex set of combinations depending on the results of the match(es) involving Italy.

    Do you find it possible/reasonable that, in case Italy make it to SF's, Rizzoli is given the other SF and then the final should Italy lose in SF's?

  50. Kuipers has FRA - ISL. Fourth is again Mazic.

  51. What about the observer?

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